Very interesting week in the picturesque Beaujolais region. Wine here comes as simple Beaujolais and as Beaujolais villages, it can also come from one of the 10 crus in the Beaujolais. It can have the parcel or « climat » on the label, or a « cuvée » of old vines, etc.  Nothing simple in France!

I am hopping on Solex and heading south, deep south.  If all goes well, I’ll be in Ampuis tonight, just south of Lyon where the cult Condrieu white wine is made — fruity, aromatic and ultra dry.  The Côte Rôtie appellation (Roasted Slope) is also there.

After a trot later in the week at Saint-Joseph, it will be Tain L’Hermitage, the ever-popular Châteauneuf du Pape, then across to “our” valley nestled under the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail.   I will be arriving in Sablet on June the 20th, to a drinks reception (what else?) being organised by the Mayor.